Curriculum: M.B.A. – Online or On Campus – at Marylhurst

student marylhurst iconOur flexible MBA curriculum within Marylhurst’s traditional  MBA program offers courses online, in the evenings or on the weekends. Classes blend theory and application, mixing case studies, simulations and readings to bring business concepts to life. As a student, you’ll learn to understand and develop cross-functional relationships, possess a digital briefcase of tested management tools and techniques, and develop more specialized skills.

Class participation and collaboration with your peers on group projects are important aspects in our flexible MBA curriculum, whether you take classes on our beautiful campus or as part of our online community. Our MBA will help prepare you to take on leadership roles in corporate, nonprofit and entrepreneurial organizations.

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MBA Curriculum & Degree Requirements: What You Will Study

To earn your MBA from Marylhurst, you complete 48-53 credits in a series of graduate courses and a capstone project:

Core Courses (36-41 credits)
Core coursework within the MBA program exposes you to the diverse world of business with specific classes in organizational behavior, managerial economics, business law, marketing and communications, strategic planning, statistics, and managerial accounting. Through a capstone project, you will apply your MBA studies and use a wide variety of tools to demonstrate learned competencies within a practical career application.

Embark on your MBA studies with an introductory review of  the following topics: writing and communication, accounting, economics, finance, math and graphing, statistics and Microsoft Office.
Participate in a survey of business law to establish a solid grasp of key legal concepts and principles that are likely to arise in a typical work day. Learn to weigh the benefits of legal action against the risks and costs of litigation. Topics include the legal environment, contracts, commercial transactions and business organizational structures.
Develop an understanding of basic economics through the application of microeconomic concepts including scarcity, ownership and markets, to your personal decision making and professional life. Discuss macroeconomic concepts of GDP, unemployment, inflation and interest rates, and how to research these variables. Coursework will include a review of global economics, including international trade and exchange rates.
Effective marketing is a customer-focused process that pervades an organization. Through qualitative and quantitative analysis, learn how to segment markets and position a firm’s offerings in order to create long-term customer and shareholder value. Explore marketing opportunities through product and service line development, pricing strategies, customer communications including digital media, and channel management.
Learn accounting concepts from a decision maker’s perspective. Following an overview of the accounting cycle, financial statements, and financial reporting, special attention will be given to accounting information used to assist management in business operations.
Develop an understanding of financial theory and its important applications. With a focus on concepts including the time value of money, risk and return, valuation, investment principles, and the role of financial markets, learn strategies used by financial analysts through real-world examples and practical exercises.
Managers use statistics to make important decisions in all phases of the business life cycle. Explore how statistics and data analysis can help solve managerial problems, leading to more effective decisions. You will study basic concepts of distributions, probability, variables, hypothesis testing, inference and experimental design.
Successful managers understand the value of strategic planning. Develop the analytical and financial skills necessary to gain a competitive advantage in a dynamic business climate. Participate in practice scenarios that explore strategic alternatives, implementation options, and business environments based on an organization’s strengths and capabilities.
Using skills and competencies that demonstrate mastery of the MBA program learning outcomes, identify an area in which to apply your learning. Using a wide variety of tools, demonstrate your understanding of theory and practice to create an implementation plan for improved organizational performance.


Elective Courses (12 credits)
Elective requirements are fulfilled through 12 credits of graduate-level coursework to support your individual professional goals.  You may choose coursework in subjects including, but not limited to, corporate finance, project management, leadership in organizational change or topics specific to the sustainable business, real estate or healthcare management industries.

Flexible MBA Program Format

Flexible courses - Marylhurst UniversityThe Marylhurst MBA is offered in a:

  • Traditional, 10-week, on-campus format (most classes are in the evenings or on the weekends).
  • Accelerated online program with five-week condensed courses.

Transfer Credit and Degree Completion

Students admitted into the MBA program may transfer up to 3 classes from other schools to shorten the time required to complete their degree.  At Marylhurst, the average time to complete this master’s degree program is two years.

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